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  • Writer's pictureHelen L. Green

The Woman At The Well

Can you relate in any way with the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well? Maybe loneliness, searching for love, talked about, emptiness inside, seeking approval from others with a deep thirst for more out of life.

The women at the well is referred to as the woman who had five husbands and was living with a man. She went to the well with her bucket to gather water at 12:00noon the hottest time of day which was not the typical time women went to the well for water. They would go early in the morning however; this woman probably went at noon because she knew the other women wouldn’t be there and purposely wanted to avoid their stares, finger pointing and whispers. She knew she was the talk of the town divorced five times and now shacking up with a man. She probably also chose to go at 12noon to be alone quiet time to reflect lonely and searching for love and acceptance through men who couldn’t fill the empty void in her soul. But on this particular day, she met Jesus, the Son of Man!

It was no coincidence that Jesus was sitting at the well when she arrived. He was tired yet felt the need to minister to this woman. He was there by himself since his disciples left to get food (John 4:31-34). Of course, Jesus already knew that she had five husbands and currently living with a man. At one point, during their conversation, he asked her to go get her husband and come back (John 4:16).

She told him, “I have no husband” (John 4:17).

Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you have no husband, the fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now with is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true” (John 4:17-18).

He wasn’t judging nor condemning her, instead spoke truth to get her attention and finally offer her living water in which her soul was really thirsty and in need of (John 4:13, 29). After talking to Jesus, she became so excited; satisfied within realizing he could be the Messiah. She dropped her water bucket ran into town evangelizing others (John 4:28, 39-42).

That’s how it is when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10) there is such joy, love, and peace in our soul that cannot be contained. His compassion and love reaches the pain and hurt that no-one else can. Because no amount of money, drugs, sex, alcohol or relationships can fill the void of a thirsty soul, only Jesus Christ. He replaces the void with living water (John 4:13-14), and life more abundantly (John 10:10a).

So many people are feeling hopelessness, lonely, rejected, hurt, and confused just going through the routine of their days in a rut wearing masks. After a while began to build up walls of defense around their heart and soul. However, Jesus knows our heart and thoughts and with compassion, love and power of the Holy Spirit seeks to tear down the walls of hardness to soften and men the broken heart.

Do you need a touch from Him? Are you feeling overwhelmed, empty? Are you feeling alone, bitter, angry, forgotten? If so, he will meet you right NOW where you are as He did the woman at the well able to do exceedingly above all you can think or imagine.

Call out to Him, He’s near! You are not alone! You are loved and forgiven!!

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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